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After the launch of the Ford Figo Aspire sedan in March, now comes the unveiling of its sister hatch, which in India will simply be called the Ford Figo. Based on the Ka Concept from 2013, this Brazilian-designed global A-segment car aims to replace the three disparate models the Blue Oval currently sells, that – along with the Indian-market Figo – also includes both European and South American versions of the Ka.

The new second-generation Figo incorporates plenty of Ford design DNA, with the Aston Martin-like trapezoidal front grille, swept-back headlights, deep side strakes and upward kink in the beltline giving the car a bit more verve than what you’d expect from a budget hatch. Inside, there’s a lot of Fiesta – the three-spoke steering wheel is carried over from its B-segment sibling, as has much of the centre console switchgear.

Overall, the car measures 3,886 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,525 mm tall, and Ford claims the 2,491 mm wheelbase is class-leading, as is the 174 mm ground clearance. Headroom, legroom and shoulder room is also said to be “outstanding.”

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Other interior features include 20 unique storage spaces, foldable rear seats and a automatic climate control system on range-topping Titanium and Titanium+ variants which, together with the high-efficiency compressor and condenser, can bring cabin temperature below 25 degrees Celsius in under 15 minutes – faster than all its rivals, apparently.

Engines include a 88 PS/112 Nm 1.2 litre Ti-VCT petrol four-pot as well as a 112 PS/136 Nm 1.5 litre version; there’s also a 1.5 litre TDCi turbodiesel that dishes out 100 PS and 215 Nm. Both 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel variants are fitted with a five-speed manual, with the 1.5 litre petrol available exclusively with a six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch transmission.

In terms of in-car technology, the new Figo comes with a MyFord Dock, which can charge and connect devices such as smartphones and MP3 players into the infotainment system. Titanium+ models also get SYNC with AppLink – in India, this allows access to information about nearby attractions and restaurants, and even catch up on cricket scores and fixtures via ESPN Cricinfo!

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In a move that will probably be well-received by those who will buy the car for their children, the Titanium+ also comes with MyFord Key, which allows parents to program the keys with restricted driving modes such as increasing seat belt use, limiting vehicle top speeds and regulating audio volume.

As standard, the new Figo comes with a driver airbag, with all but the base trim getting dual airbags; impressively on an Indian-market car, the Titanium+ model even gets six airbags. Oddly enough, however, that variant doesn’t receive stability control – you’ll actually find that on the one-rung-lower Titanium, and only with the top 1.5 litre petrol mill. Additionally, only Titanium and Titanium+ models are fitted with ABS.

The new Ford Figo retails at an introductory starting price of INR 429,900 (RM28,300) for the base 1.2 litre petrol model, rising up to INR 740,600 (RM48,800) for the top-of-the-line 1.5 litre diesel Titanium+.